EPINAL

Bonjour from Epinal! We’re finally starting to settle down after a suuuper busy week and I now have the time to sip some rosé in my trophy wife apparel which includes a fluffy bath robe and pink slippers. Two weeks ago we emptied my apartment in Turku and moved all my belongings to a 2 m2 self storage which was like playing tetris but with with furniture and boxes. We spent the last night in a cheap hotel in Turku and on Thursday morning we began our trip to Paris via Helsinki. We were traveling light this time with only 60 or so kilograms of luggage and one of the bags (which was also the heaviest) only had three functioning wheels BUT we still made it out of Paris successfully. I have now been to Paris twice and seen two train stations and the route between them + eaten two baguettes so luckily we are already planning a small weekend trip to the city. If you have any good tips to Paris please let me know!

We got the keys to our new home already Friday morning and what a dream come true this apartment is! We can actually have guests now without having to sleep side by side and you  fit more than one person in the kitchen (you also have space to turn around and move and COOK in the kitchen)! I’ll post some pictures of the place as soon as we have a bit more furniture. But don’t get me wrong, even without furniture the apartment already feels like home and the location is just perfect since the city center is just on the other side of the river. People are very friendly and polite here and even strangers say hello on the street (it makes me feel like Belle in Beauty and the Beast, yay!).  And the croissants… I mean the closest bakery is just TOO CLOSE!

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The weather is chilly and rainy at the moment so no better time to curl up on the couch and listen to some Harry Potter audiobooks (seriously addicted), au revoir!

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ANNECY

Bonjour folks! Last autumn we already spent two months in France and had the time to go on a little road trip in Lyon and Annecy. I especially fell in love in Annecy and well, who wouldn’t! The city is located by a turquoise lake at the Alps not far from the Swiss border. I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves!

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TURKU

I’ve been living in Turku for five years now and I thought I’d share some of my all time favorite places! There’s been a lot of new restaurants opening during the spring and summer but sadly I haven’t had the time to visit any of them. Luckily I have found my number one go-to places whenever I feel like eating good food, drinking nice wines or just admiring the view. 

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Tintå, Läntinen Rantakatu 9

This restaurant, located by the Aura river in the city center, has definitely become one of my favorite restaurants in Turku. Whenever I feel like eating delicious pizza and drinking good wine in a beautiful environment (both inside the place and out on the terrace), I head to Tintå. They have plenty of other options too on their menu aside from the pizzas and during daytime they also serve a nice salad and soup lunch, yum! The interior design is definitely instagram friendly and the location by the river is a big plus in the summer. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Gaggui Kaffela, Humalistonkatu 15a

Three words: cakes, cakes and more cakes! Gaggui is a small and cute café close to the center (on the route between the train station and the center so it makes the perfect first stop in Turku) and it’s definitely worth visiting if you’re craving for the best cakes and quality coffees. The owners have really put effort in the interior design here as well and one clever and funny detail is the cup plates which are actually different coloured tiles. You can also order fabulous cakes for all sorts of events here and the cakes are always uniquely made for each customer – sweet!

Tiirikkala, Linnankatu 3, Vähätori

Situated by the river in an old wooden house, which used to be home for the Finnish design shop Artek, it’s the perfcect place for a cozy café. You’ll definitely enjoy your cup of coffee and a piece of cake as well as a dinner here surrounded by pretty lights, comfy pillows and beautiful white wooden floors. On weekends they often have artists performing in the evening and during daytime they serve a tasty brunch plate after which you can happily crawl back home (food coma guaranteed).

Cafe Art, Läntinen Rantakatu 5

Ladies and gentlemen, this one’s a true classic! They have won the barista of the year award for seven times and when you visit the café you’ll understand perfectly why. The coffee is excellent and they also sell the products from Turun Kahvipaahtimo, a coffee roastery in Turku. There’s always a changing art exhibition as well, so you’ll always have something interesting and fun to look at while you’re enjoying your coffee (also good for first dates for a few reasons: 1. if you run out of things to talk about you can always talk about art and 2. if you get tired of your date’s face you can admire the paintings instead). They also have the best croissants in town!

E. Ekblom, Läntinen Rantakatu 3

A restaurant in an old pink house – yes please! I had my very first three course menu in Ekblom and have been going back time after time ever since. You know why? Because the food is just F A B U L O U S and they also have an amazing wine and cocktail list. This restaurant is, yet again, located by the river (to everyone’s surprise…) and you can enjoy life both indoors and out on the terrace. On weekdays they serve lunch as well so it’s the perfect place for both lunch and dinner dates. Head here if you’re looking for that special something to keep your life luxurious!

 

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